Dec 31, 2012 9:00pm PST
major step to avoid the fiscal cliff. after days of intense negotiations white house and senate republicans reached a deal and vice president biden went up to the capitol hill to sell it to senate democrats. >> happy new year. >>reporter: biden swooped in at the 11th hour to hammer out a way forward with mcconnell. the agreement would permanently extend the bush tax cuts for individuals making under 40 400,000 holding making under 4 50,000. raise the estate tax valued at more than 5 million dollars and extend unemployment benefits for 1 year for some two million people. and those automatic spending cuts go into effect in the new year postponed for two months. and paid for by other spending cuts. house could take up the deal tomorrow. taxpayers would have felt the impact of the fiscal cliff immediately. if the deal passes afternoon american family avoid tax increase of more than 3400 dollars. . officials told that you say this is a compromise so we don't love it but it's the right thing to do for the economy. karen travers abc news washington. >> wreaths talk about the weather on the new year's eve.
Dec 29, 2012 9:00pm PST
republicans are bargain to go dodge the fiscal cliff. if a deal is note struck, tax hikes and budget cuts will kick in. it seems unlikely they can write a comprehensive budget bill in time. they are thinking of a fall back plan. >> president obama is urging congress to focus. >> i'm optimistic that an agreement can be achieved. >> at the white house friday the president and congressional leaders spent some 70 minutes in a negotiating session and agreed to keep talking. >> it was constructive. >> it was constructive. >> i'm hopeful and optimistic. >> as snow fell on mostly deserted washington, two sides continued bargaining. if there some on deal, president obama wants smaller bill extending tax cuts making $250,000 or less and continuing unemployment benefits for millions that will lose them. >> i believe such a proposal could pass both houses with bipartisan majorities as long as these leaders allow it to come to a vote. >> we can still avoid going over the fiscal cliff if the president and democratically controlled senate step forward to solve this problem and solve it now. >> frus
Dec 30, 2012 9:00pm PST
. >>> democrats and republicans are wrangling over last minute ledges to avert the fiscal cliff there is no sign of a deal so far. chuck stephenson has the latest. >> they heard this prayer from the senate chaplain. >> look on our nation and save us from self-inflicted wounds. >> the clock is ticking towards the new year's eve midnight hour when budget cuts swoop down from the fiscal cliff. harry reid and mitch mcconnell are working on a stopgap bill. >> at some point the negotiating process it appears there are things that have stopped us in moving forward. i hope we're not there but we're getting real close. >> i want everyone to know i am willing to get this know, but i need a dance partner. >> the legislation would prevent a tax increase for 98% of american workers, extend unemployment benefits and prevent a huge cut in payments to medicaid doctors. >> we should introduce legislation to make sure that middle-class taxes stay where they are. >> even if they reach a deal it won't pass congress by monday night. if it doesn't everybody's income taxes will go up. the average family would pay
Dec 26, 2012 9:00pm PST
that are due to take effect next week. no official fiscal cliff negotiations between republicans and democrats have been scheduled. not a great deal of progress. >>> with the government right on the edge now of that fiscal cliff, taxpayers are facing a lot of uncertainty as we head into the new year and for many of us the usual year-end financial strategies simply may not apply this year. 7 on your side's michael finney sorts out some of the confusion. >> reporter: when it comes to year end finances the old rules may not add up this year. >> it is difficult to do any type of tax planning and advising because nobody really knows exactly what is going to happen. >> much of the uncertainty centers around whether the united states is about to fall off that a fiscal cliff. if that happens, that would mean the end of the temporary payroll tax cuts. even if that doesn't happen, most believe taxes will go up next year. >> one of the things that is being floated right now is people are advising people to get out of dividend paying funds, high dividend yield funds and move more into tax exempt